Newsweek Nonsense

– Magazine ranks one of Kentucky’s poorest performing high schools among the country’s best Newsweek magazine’s 2009 ranking of high schools is out, and once again there is a Kentucky example of how fouled up this magazine’s rating process actually is. The case in point is Holmes High School in the Covington Independent School District.…

Representative Moberly Out as Chair of Important Education Committee

– Powerful, little known committee also conducts other business There were a number of important events at today’s meeting of the Kentucky legislature’s small but powerful Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee (EAARS). Perhaps the most notable item was the vote that replaced Representative Harry Moberly with Representative Kent Stevens as EAARS co-chair. This marks…

Good College News

– With one important caution There is very good news from Kentucky’s public postsecondary education system – degree and certificate awards are generally up across the state. The Courier-Journal reports “Kentucky’s public and independent postsecondary institutions conferred 30,178 degrees, diplomas and certificates during spring commencement exercises — a 7 percent increase compared with last year…

Gates Praises Charter Schools

In his first “annual letter” discussing the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, founder Bill Gates had nice things to say about charter schools such as the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools (subscription). At the same time, Gates openly admitted the foundation’s smaller high school program didn’t work out. Gates said, “We…